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5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Inspiring, Wonderful, Restful..all in all Perfect”

We fell in love with Inspiration Wood basically the moment we drove in. A co-worker and I chose it as the location for our universities Senior Women’s Retreat. Ron and Kim helped create the perfect atmosphere for the retreat through the details of all the cabins to the wonderfully catered meals. They also had all the equipment needed for our speakers presentations. They made it easy and our students could not stop raving about Inspiration Wood. We plan to return next year and would recommend it to anyone for a family vacation, business meeting, or a retreat like we hosted. Ron and Kim will go above and beyond for you. Kim was so sweet as to make homemade chapsticks for each of us at our retreat. It was the extra attention to detail that make Inspiration Wood an incredible choice! Five stars in my book!

Amanda H


5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Sisters reunion”

We had a fabulous sisters reunion at the Gathering Place. We had a lovely reunion of two sisters, in their 90’s who had not seen each other for over a year, for the afternoon. Catered lunch for 19 family members was delicious and catered to our every needs. Lovely spot, beautiful grounds, even with the occasional rain drops, did not dampen our wonderful event. Ron helped us with every detail!!!

lisagK89QL, San Rafael, CA


5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Perfect for team meetings and retreats”

Inspiration Wood is the perfect place to hold you team meeting or retreat. It is located in a beautiful setting and the main meeting space will comfortably seat about 30. The food is always fresh and great care is taken to meet special dietary needs.

ramrhein, Valparaiso, IN


5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Wonderful setting, always a pleasure”

On a beautifully mild summer day, the serene setting of Inspiration Woods made an otherwise tedious business meeting almost enjoyable. Great food. Attentive staff. Easy to get to, yet far enough from any city noise.

PaulMN111, Valparaiso, IN


5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Family Vacation”

What a great place to take the family to get away for a while. It lived up to the website and more. The cabin was great, well maintained and the staff were very friendly/hospitable. Highly recommend. We will bring the family back next year.

JBakerfamily, FIshers, IN


5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Serenity”

A great place to stay while visiting Indiana Dunes. Close by yet away from it all makes it a relaxing place to spend the night, or two. Deer walking by at dusk then wonderful crickets at dark. We loved it.

1tobigal1, Kent, WA


5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Perfect place for our leadership retreat”

Our Agency had our leadership retreat at Inspiration Wood. Ron made it so easy to organize the facility part of our retreat. We had the entire place to ourselves using all of the cottages but one. Ron arranged for all of the meals to be catered and his recommendations for the food were perfect. The Gathering room was used for all of our training. With all the windows and the wrap around porch it was the perfect place for our staff to meet as a group yet have plenty of area to break into small groups.

The cottages were clean, comfortable and homey. Each cottage has a complete kitchen with coffee and tea provided daily. There are plenty of towels and wonderful soaps and lotions that can be bought in their gift shop. Kim even changed her schedule to allow staff to browse the shop after the retreat was over. Some staff did notice the trains like previous reviewers mentioned. Others didn’t seem to notice.

We would certainly consider in Inspiration Wood for future retreats and trainings.

Sharon M.


5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Ideal place for a family reunion”

My family came from all over the country and booked the entire retreat for three blissful days with just the right mix of activities & relaxing. The owners Rom & Kim were very accommodating to our needs and always on-hand, living on the farm just next-door to the compound. The grandkids especially loved the hayride over to check out the horses & other rescued animals, all lovingly cared for by our host’s family. We also had a great time with two off-site excursions to the nearby Indiana Dunes State Park and a great local water park. Our final catered meal at the Gathering House was a perfect end to my parent’s 50th anniversary.

Jim W, Larkspur, CA


4/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Delightful retreat out in the county”

We had a lovely weekend at Inspiration Wood. The cabins are clearly a labor of love and were both charming and very comfortable. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful and you are really away from it all and yet 15 minutes away from some great attractions. We had them cater in meals for a family reunion and the food was very good and the Gathering Space a very nice building for a big dinner.

Judy R, Chicago, IL


5/5 Rating | Tripadvisor

“Perfect place to stay with our family”

I could not have imagined a better place to stay from the perfect setting to relax and give the kids a chance to go to the beach less than 15 minutes away yet go outside and enjoy the fresh air! Breakfast was great and the staff was even better. WOW is all I can say.

James H, Avon, IN


5/5 Rating | Yelp

We stayed there for a 2 nite in 2012 and absolutely loved it. We are going there again this summer with a bigger group and more people. I am sure it would be as fantastic as the first trip. Its very close to the beach and secluded enough to enjoy some time on the rocking chair listening to birds.Def recommend it.

Rasna G, Arlington Heights, IL


5/5 Rating | Yelp

I had the pleasure of staying at Inspiration Wood in Westville, Indiana this past weekend. It is a place filled with peaceful walking paths, lovely gardens and new cabins that are built with care and excellent craftsmanship. My family was there with my mother-in-law and my niece-a total of 6 persons- and we were very comfortable in our large cabin that sleeps eight. We could only stay one night, but I wanted to stay longer. They also have large cabins for guests to use for family or retreat gatherings. The lodges host retreats and our cabin had a few quotes from Scripture on the walls, but they are few and tastefully placed.

Anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle at the beach towns will love it here.
Our hosts, Ron and Kim, were polite and helpful in every way. Thanks for a lovely time!

Julie P, Carmel, IN


The Team

Ron & Kim

Owners Ron and Kim Van Sessen personally attend to all the needs of their guests and the property. They have collaborated on the unique interior design and architecture of each building. Sure, they disagreed about a detail here and there, but in the end their labor of love is evident in every nook and cranny.


Mark & Sarah

Like any good country establishment, the kids have been recruited to help with the endless chores. Fences are mended, animals are well-fed and guests are sure to compliment their hard work and maturity.


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Cleaning Crew

Martha, Candace, Deidre, and Elyse are invaluable to Inspiration Wood. They dedicate themselves to your comfort to ensure a memorable stay. You’ll be certain to notice the perfectly prepared linens, spotless rooms, and fresh decor.